An amendment offered by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to patent reform legislation (America Invents Act – S. 23) has been defeated by a vote of 58-40. Per a unanimous consent agreement, 60 votes were needed for adoption.
According to a Facebook entry by Senator Lee, this amendment “would signify the level of support in the Senate for a Balanced Budget Amendment.”
It stipulates that “Congress should pass and the States should agree to an amendment to the Constitution requiring a Federal balanced budget.”
This “sense of the Senate” amendment “does not specify a particular Balanced Budget Amendment proposal” and is not binding.